Family of missing teenager Gaia Pope appeal to find 'darling girl'

Gaia Pope has not been seen since November 7

Police were this morning continuing to question a 71-year-old woman and her grandson in connection with the disappearance of Gaia Pope, the student who has been missing for almost a week.

The student, who suffers from epilepsy, was said to be a regular visitor to Mr Elsey's flat and reportedly knew both relatives well.

She was last seen in Swanage on 7 November, when CCTV captured her running past a house in Manor Gardens on Morrison Road.

Nathan Elsey, 19, and his grandmother Rosemary Dinch, 71, were arrested after the 19-year-old went missing last Tuesday.

Both were released after questioning yesterday, but are still under investigation.

"They are both known to Gaia".

When she was last seen, she was said to be wearing a red checked shirt with white buttons, grey and white leggings and white trainers.

We understand that the police continue to investigate all possible scenarios, and we want to emphasise that the search for Gaia continues.

The search to find Gaia continued today, Tuesday 14 November 2017, around the Swanage area with support from the coastguard and volunteers from Dorset Search and Rescue and Wessex 4x4.

"We are aware of the arrests that have taken place but want to emphasise that these must not put a stop to the search until or unless there is a definite conclusion", the family added.

Detective Superintendent Paul Kessell said: "We remain hopeful that we'll find her alive and that a member of the public will give us information which will help us to locate Gaia safe and well".

"We have not yet found Gaia and our searches will continue". We miss you beyond words.

Gaia's family will not be making any other statements to the media until further notice.



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